Julie Martinez of Mittelwest German Shepherds profiles the breed’s prototypical definition, as stated in AKC Standard as following: “has a distinct personality marked by direct and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence, and a certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them.”
This is a very good description for an ideal German shepherd Dog. This is an ideal that every breeder should strive for; Julie Martinez German Shepherds are no exception.
These days though, it has become much more difficult to find a German shepherd dog that fits into the abovementioned ideal with high accuracy. The temperament of the breed is all over the map. Breeding lines that are bred more for protective purposes and the sport of schulthund tend to require a personality that is “hard-tempered” and business like in their approach. You can expect to see show lines with a range from mellow to more energetic and hyper, to even less intelligent and goofy. Going even further, if you account for backyard breeders, the temperament of the breed is diluted further and includes dogs that can be profiled as risky and that could suffer from a myriad of health problems.
Julie Martinez German Shepherd – notes that this breed’s energy levels can vary from highly energetic and vigorous to laid-back and relaxed. It is important to remember that regardless of your dog’s energy levels, the breed has certain requirements to maintain athletic shape, and needs brisk walking every day and all-out running often for optimal happiness and health levels.
Julie Martinez German Shepherd cautions that: German Shepherds are a highly intelligent breed and need mental challenging continuously to be at optimal state of being. Mental exercises like obedience training, agility tests, schutzhund, herding, etc. should be the most important part of your dog’s regimen.
Also, be sure to socialize your puppy early in their puppyhood in order to develop a stable, secure and confident temperament and have the dog be comfortable around all humans and animals.